The fourth annual Earth Day Celebration, sponsored by the Town of Ellington and Earthlight Technologies, will be held on Saturday, April 22nd from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on the Town Green and Nellie McKnight Museum, 70 Main Street. Individuals of all ages can check out local businesses, organizations and vendors who will be promoting practices that can make Ellington even more eco-friendly. Highlights of the celebrations include “Clean Up Your Neighborhood Day”, clothing and household goods collection, packing material collection, bottle and can drive, and over 70 vendors along with live entertainment, refreshments, games, educational activities, and exhibits. The Recycling Center at Ellington Public Works will be holding its Grand Opening during the event and the State Police will be collecting unused prescription drugs at 33 Arbor Way.
Residents are encouraged to participate in “Clean Up Your Neighborhood Day” by collecting roadside litter in their neighborhoods or favorite Ellington school or park. Trash bags can be obtained at Public Works and a dumpster will be provided on the day of the festivities at the Nellie McKnight Museum for collected trash. Please separate any returnable bottles and cans in a separate bag. Clothing, shoes, hand bags, linens, household goods including furniture items will also be collected. Use the Nellie McKnight Museum pull through driveway to drop off items. Please be sure donated items are in usable condition. Peanut Planet will be collecting packaging materials on the green. Bottles and cans can be dropped off in the Congregational Church parking lot.
The 2023 exhibit at the Nellie McKnight Museum, Crystal Lake Showcase, will open in conjunction with the Earth Day event. The exhibit explores the diverse history of Ellington’s long ago resort destination. Visitors will be amazed at the backstory of “Little Coney Island”, an era of photos, original artifacts, and limelight on Jimmy’s famous hotdog stand.